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It’s My Birthday, and I’ll Laugh If I Want To!

April 11, 2009

Well, today I am 23! It feels good to be back into the odd numbers (does anyone else prefer being odd ages? Or is that just me being weird? Numbers and I have a close relationship, lol), and although I was panicking beforehand about how my life is not where I thought it would be, I’m not a successful adult, I’m getting way too old, etc. But you will all be happy to know that I have moved past that. Instead, I’m just looking forward to eating some awesome Indian food, having a Slumdog Millionaire viewing party, and maybe a couple drinks. Oh-and brownies! :)

Now, the wonderful Softdrink wants us to write a birthday post this month, partly to get her psyched up for the big birthday she has coming up and also as a mini-challenge with the Dewey’s Books Challenge. And as everyone knows by now, I love making lists!

So, I give you a list of my best birthdays ever:

  • Turning nine: the theme was ‘tea party,’ and I invited all of the girls in fifth grade (do you remember those days, when you couldn’t leave out anyone?!), but only the girls I liked actually came (score!). There were about ten of us, plus my sister and her friend, and my two awesome neighbours Mr. Ralph (my surrogate grandfather) and Uncle Bill and Aunt Karen (not real relations, just good friendly Texan people) also put it an appearance. My mom sewed my dress for me, and we even got to use her beautiful tea set that she received from her Egyptian Arabic professor as a wedding gift. It was so girly, and so much fun.
  • Turning twelve: no party this year, because my mom took me to see Phantom of the Opera down in London (we lived outside a little town called High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire for my British readers!). We had read the book together earlier that year, and seeing the performance at Her Majesty’s Theater is one of those moments that will last a lifetime. Those first delicious, jarring measures of the overture, as the chandelier went overhead, watching the Phantom sing his heartbreak out while rising in a gargoyle towards the ceiling, the candelbras coming out of the ground in the mist whenever we went down to the Phantom’s lair…it was an amazing night. And my mom also got me the CD recording! :)
  • Turning thirteen: we were on a family vacation to Paris (we lived in England at the time). I can’t quite remember if that was the day we just wandered around the city, taking in tourist-y sites and picnicking on cheese and bread, or if that was one of our EuroDisney days. Either way, do I really need to explain why it’s an awesome birthday?!
  • Turning eighteen: this happened my first year of college, and I had a brand-new boyfriend who was from Chicago. We went there for the long weekend (my birthday happened to be on Easter that year too), he showed me a great time, and I felt like such an adult. ;)
  • Turning twenty-one: this didn’t happen until my senior year of college, long after all of my friends had been going to bars for over a year. It was on a Wednesday, which meant Senior Night. My college made arrangements for a different local (walking distance) bar every night to ffer $1 wells for the students. So, during the day I got deliveries of flowers, cake, and champagne from my parents and sister. And a silly light-up tiara my friends made me wear. Then at night, I went to the bar and all of the drinking-age students from my college were there, and all of them were excited about my birthday. I only had two or three drinks (despite being offered lots of free ones!), so I didn’t get hungover, and I just had a blast!

Well, there you go: my five best birthdays so far. And now, I’m off to primp and get ready for dinner! I’ll try to get a picture taken, so that I can add it this post and maybe even change my avatar. ;)

50 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2009 5:53 pm

    Happy birthday, Eva! Those sound like excellent birthdays!

  2. April 11, 2009 5:54 pm

    Happy Birthday from one April baby to another. Oh, to be 23 again …

    That Phantom birthday sounds wonderful. Love Phantom! Seeing it in London must have been spectacular. (I saw it in New York.)

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

  3. April 11, 2009 5:55 pm

    Happy happy happy birthday, Eva! Enjoy your night, and your year, and years to come. And read more books, of course. :D

  4. April 11, 2009 5:59 pm

    Happy Birthday! My 21st was one of my favorites as well. :) Enjoy your dinner!

  5. April 11, 2009 6:13 pm

    Happy Birthday Whippersnapper!! You’re pretty darn young!! Have a great one!!

  6. April 11, 2009 6:16 pm

    Happy Birthday! You’ve had some pretty amazing birthdays! May you have many amazing more!!!

  7. April 11, 2009 6:29 pm

    Wishing you a big HAPPY, HAPPY! I hadn’t ever thought about odd or even year preferences but I think, yes, I do prefer the odd years! Nine is my favorite number. Also, I sent you a letter and I’m hoping I have the correct address! :)

  8. April 11, 2009 6:33 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  9. April 11, 2009 6:35 pm

    Happy Birthday to you! 23 sounds like a wonderful age to me.

  10. April 11, 2009 6:38 pm

    Happy birthday!

  11. April 11, 2009 6:52 pm

    Happy Birthday Eva! I’m 23 next month too. Enjoy your party!

  12. April 11, 2009 7:31 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope it’s even better than the rest! Have a lovely Easter, too!

  13. April 11, 2009 7:49 pm

    Happy Birthday and Happy Easter! Enjoy!

  14. April 11, 2009 8:00 pm

    Happy birthday Eva!

  15. April 11, 2009 8:21 pm

    Oh, to be 23 again. Today is my birthday too. I’m twice your age +1 though. Happy Birthday!

  16. April 11, 2009 8:32 pm

    Happy birthday!! I love the odd ages, I always think 27 sounds like the perfect age. Or even 29.

    I was still in college when I was 23, getting my teaching credential. Then I spent 4 years as a sub. So I didn’t feel like a “productive” adult until I was 28. That was the year I could finally go to the bookstore and pretty much buy what I wanted. :-D

    Hope you have a fantabulous birthday evening…enjoy!

  17. April 11, 2009 8:34 pm

    Happy birthday! I like odd ages too, I’m 25 now. :)

  18. April 11, 2009 8:58 pm

    Happy birthday Eva! 23 was not too long ago for me, and yeah it gets less exciting to be older after 21. Oh noes, I haven’t written the great American novel yet! I’m not earning enough yet! I don’t know what to do with my life! But still a great time to celebrate and the perfect excuse to treat yourself. I hope you have a lovely, lovely day. Enjoy your birthday, you deserve it!

  19. April 11, 2009 9:11 pm

    23 is soooo not old! I’ve got 21 years on you, and if I’m not there yet, neither are you! :-) You have a great birthday, girlfriend!! And have some Indian food for me, too. It’s my fav!


  20. April 11, 2009 10:11 pm

    Happy birthday! 23 isn’t so old; things could be a lot worse. I’m going to be 26 this year, and I feel ancient. :)

  21. April 11, 2009 10:42 pm

    I like odd numbers too – so I guess I’m 35 plus one. :)

    Have a wonderful birthday!

  22. April 11, 2009 11:12 pm

    Happy Birthday, Sunshine! :) (that’s how I think of you…such a ray of light in the blogosphere)

  23. April 12, 2009 12:43 am


    You’re so young. I do mean that in a good way. I guess I should clarify by saying how impressed I am with your reading habits, your sensitivity and your blog and you’re only 23!

    Hope you spent the day surrounded by those who love you. I know I’m blessed to have connected with you.

  24. April 12, 2009 12:46 am

    Happy Birthday, kiddo! Next week or so I turn an even number but it’s double my favorite number (an odd) so I guess it’s okay.

    I wish you a happy year with lots of reading and fun!

  25. April 12, 2009 3:22 am

    Happy birthday :)

  26. April 12, 2009 4:39 am

    Happy Birthday Eva!

  27. April 12, 2009 5:06 am

    Happy birthday my fellow April baby!

  28. April 12, 2009 5:35 am

    Happy Birthday! I turned a geezerly 25 this year, and my life definitely isn’t where I thought it would be (*still* not a successful adult), but hey, it’s not too late. And if it’s not too late for me, then it’s *definitely* not too late for you! ;-)

    Hope you have a fantastic day!

  29. April 12, 2009 5:58 am

    I’ve given you a blog award!

  30. April 12, 2009 6:30 am

    Oh my, but those truly are five incredible birthdays already in a short 23 years! Even if this one was a tad less exciting, I hope it was equally happy!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day planned!

  31. J.S. Peyton permalink
    April 12, 2009 6:37 am

    Happy birthday Eva!!

  32. April 12, 2009 6:52 am

    Happy birthday. I remeber 23. I don’t think anyone I know began to consider themselves a successful adult until they were in their 30’s, so don’t worry about it, at least for 7 years.

  33. April 12, 2009 8:05 am

    I HAVE NEVER KNOWN ANYONE ELSE TO FEEL THIS WAY!!!!! I’m so glad we found each other. I tell people this all the time, and no one gets it. Even #s = old, odd #’s = young (at least until 27. Then old is old).

    I mean, fifteen-year-olds are CHILDREN! Even when you’re fifteen, you feel like a child. But sixteen? Man, sixteen can DRIVE.

    But seventeen is so young! Wheeeeeee, I’m seventeen! But then eighteen…eighteen is so adult.

    But then nineteen!!!!!!!! Last year as a teenager! Just a wee thing, you! But twenty, oh mercy. Twenty is so old.

    But not twenty-one! Young, happy twenty-one-year-olds! Not all shrivelled and horrid like those twenty-TWO-year-olds.

    And so on and so on, but enjoy twenty-five, because it’s the final odd-year. I have the big 2-7 coming up in a few weeks (three years from thirty! wheee?) and I feel ancient. It’s even-years from here on in (except I hear thirty-one is quite young).

    Also, happy birthday!

  34. April 12, 2009 8:17 am

    Happy Birthday to you (belated though my wishes are). You’re list of birthdays sounds so cool, especially the Paris birthday. It’s my dream holiday, and it would be really memorable to spend my birthday there.

  35. April 12, 2009 3:15 pm

    Happy Birthday, Eva! Sending you lots of good wishes and hope you get lots of presents :)

  36. April 12, 2009 3:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Eva!! I think being 23 again would be fantastic although I have to say I am quite enjoying 34! I think enjoy whatever age you are at in that particular moment!!

  37. April 12, 2009 5:15 pm

    I always have brownies for my birthday. And Indian food sounds so good I think I will have me some tomorrow! (Dinner has already passed today.) I am turning 30 in November and I am beginning to dread this milestone. Forget not being where you thought you’d be at 23, try it at 29! Yikes! I have to get on the ball.

  38. April 13, 2009 12:39 am

    Hope you had an amazing birthday! Your 12th birthday sounds wonderful! I’d have loved that..

    And High Wycombe isn’t too far away from where I live now!

  39. April 13, 2009 12:43 am

    I’m late, but still I want to wish you a Happy belated birthday! :)

  40. Carol permalink
    April 13, 2009 8:46 am

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  41. April 13, 2009 10:30 am

    Sorry I missed it!! Happy Birthday =)

  42. April 13, 2009 11:08 am

    Happy Belated Birthday!! Hope it was just wonderful!
    And don’t worry, I am 37 and still panic about not being a successful adult or being where I want to be in my life. It passes!

  43. April 13, 2009 11:20 am

    Happy Birthday, and yes, I like odd numbers too…I’m about to go even again!

  44. April 13, 2009 12:01 pm

    Dude! My b-day was on April 4. Aries rock, don’t they? Why are you worried about being a successful adult NOW? I’m in my mid-40’s, and I never worry about success. As long as I can look back on my life with fondness and few regrets then I will have been a success, and f#@k anyone who tells me otherwise!

  45. April 13, 2009 6:30 pm

    Happy happy birthday!

  46. April 14, 2009 5:44 pm

    A very happy belated birthday!

  47. April 14, 2009 9:40 pm

    Happy belated birthday!

  48. April 14, 2009 11:05 pm

    Lu, thanks!

    Betty and Boo’s Mommy, April babies are the best! ;) Phantom was definitely incredible. :D

    Claire, thanks!

    Jessi, there’s something so thrilling about that last ‘old enough’ birthday, you know?

    Staci, lol: love that term!

    Rhapsody, thanks!

    Care, as long you sent it to the CO address we’re good! Can’t wait to get it. :D And I’m glad you enjoy odd numbers too!

    Charley, thanks!

    BermudaOnion, thanks-that’s how I’m looking at it too! :)

    Jeane, thanks!

    Annie, that’s fun that we’re the same age. :)

    Danielle, thanks!

    DS, thanks!

    Kristy, awesome: we’re birthday buddies!!

    Softdrink, that makes me feel better! :)

    Heather, 25 is one of those nive, round ages!

    Kim L, it’s funny how college doesn’t prepare you at all for that, isn’t it?!

    Lezlie, Indian food’s the best!

    Memory, lol: it seems like once we’re out of our twenties, we’ll feel younger!! (Judging by the comments I’ve gotten)

    Carrie, I’m going to start giving my age as that!

    Amy, that is SO SWEET! It made my day. :)

    Susan, thanks so much; I feel the same way about you. :)

    Kristen, isn’t it funny how we all have relationships with numbers?! lol

    Nymeth, thanks!

    Marg, thanks!

    Nik, April babies unite! :D

    Megan, thanks for the pep talk! :)

    Jeane, aww: thanks!

    Debi, thank you!

    J.S., thanks!

    CB, thanks for the encouragement: it’s good to hear. :D

    Raych, you totally proved it!!! I think 27 sounds like a good age too, but that’s just me. :D

    A Hazra, thanks! I hope you get to go to Paris some day. :)

    Iliana, thanks!

    Karen, I’m trying real hard to enjoy my age from here on out. :D

    Rebecca, brownies are the best! I used to have tiramisu, but that’s not really vegan-convertible.

    Michelle, that’s neat you live somewhat near High Wycombe!

    Melody, thanks!

    Carol, thanks!

    Kristina, thanks!

    Melanie, I’m much calmer now that I actually AM 23…I think it was the dread that was doing it to me.

    Serena, yet another odd numbers fan!

    Chartroose, Aries are awesome. :D And thanks for the pep talk: I will definitely take it to heart!

    Rebecca, thanks!

    Stefanie, thanks!

    Alyce, thanks!

  49. April 16, 2009 6:12 am

    A very happy belated birthday to you Eva!

  50. August 28, 2009 3:21 pm

    Happy belated birthday and I like odd ages best too.

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